At my last anti-inflammatory cooking class, one attendee asked a great question…
What are some essential spices to keep on hand for everyday cooking?
Here are five of my favorite spices, chosen for their abilities to promote digestive and immune health.
Turmeric – Known for its anti-inflammatory qualities, turmeric is like nature’s Advil. It’s been used for thousands of years to reduce aches and pains. Add it to warm soups and curries or put a dash in your morning smoothie.
Ginger – Considered nature’s tummy tamer, ginger is able to soothe an upset stomach and helps relieve nausea. Sprinkle it in your smoothie or sip some ginger tea.
Cloves – A powerful anti-bacterial spice. Cloves even have a numbing effect in the mouth, providing relief for sore gums. Add cloves to savory beef stew or include them with pickled beets.
Cayenne – This is a spicy hot pepper often dried and ground into powder or flakes. Capsaicin is the active component which is said to support a healthy metabolism. Add it to chili, and sparingly if you’re sensitive to heat.
Cinnamon – A common spice made from the bark of a tree, cinnamon is most often used in sweet dishes such as cookies, but it also adds a depth of flavor to meats and chili. Cinnamon helps promote a balanced blood sugar and supports digestive health.
Tips for Cooking with Spices
• Spices do best with a little fat to enhance their flavor.
• Be careful not to cook spices over high heat for too long as they could burn.
• Simmering spices in liquid is a great way to flavor your dish.
Remember, a little goes a long way. Add just a little spice at a time so as not to overwhelm your dish with flavor. You can always add a little more if you need it.
How 5 Common Spices Can Support Your Health